The 12th of November will mark the 90th Anniversary of the Birth of Princess Grace of Monaco, the glamorous American Actress who became the Princess Consort of the small Mediterranean Principality, so we are featuring her Top 9 jewels, continuing with her Van Cleef & Arpels Sapphire Daisy Brooch.
Soon after Grace Kelly’s arrival in Monaco and not long before their wedding, Prince Rainier III presented this Van Cleef & Arpels Brooch which features a cluster of sapphire surrounded by diamond petals which form a daisy, the stones of which reported belonged to Maria Caterina Salѐ, a wealthy Genoese Heiress married to Prince Honoré III of Monaco in the 18th century. The stones were used by Van Cleef & Arpels to form a Brooch for his bride.
Princess Grace regularly wore her Van Cleef & Arpels Sapphire Daisy Brooch for casual daytime events, formal evening events, for many portraits, and even in her hair, up until her untimely death in 1982.
The Van Cleef & Arpels Sapphire Daisy Brooch passed into the ‘Palais Princier Collection’, and has been displayed along with some of her other jewels, like the Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess Exhibition at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.